Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Modern Korean Wedding

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, my parents were recently in Korea for the wedding of one of my cousins. My dad took a bunch of video footage on their digital camera and transferred it to my computer while they were here. Then I made it into a video, and here it is - a modern Korean wedding.

One of the things I noticed is that even the Western style portion of the ceremony is very different from what we Westerners do. For one thing, in Korea there are dedicated wedding halls. You reserve a portion of time and you better get it done in that portion of time, because the wedding hall is tightly scheduled. I hear that someone else who got married at this same wedding hall that same day only had 30 minutes to get everything done! That's quite a feat, considering that over the course of the whole wedding, the couple-of-the-day wears three different outfits.

People are not seated in pews - they are seated at round tables and where they are seated during the ceremony is where they eat. If you watch the video, you will see this. It gives a very informal feel to the ceremony. There are speeches during the ceremony, no wedding party, and the groom was singing a song as the bride was being walked down the aisle. Of course, there are no laws as to how one can conduct ceremonies in the West, but if you did those sorts of things here, people would notice that something was very very different.

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  • Sherry

    Very interesting and beautiful! But Harmony has shown me pictures of Korean weddings, so I knew a little.

  • Harmony

    The strangest part to me is that they clapped when the groom was walking down the aisle.

    I still sort of wish we had done some kind of Korean ceremony, but now having watched this... I know it would have been very difficult, especially in the church were we got married.

    At least we can do all the traditional Korean ceremonies with Pearl. That is going to be fun! :-)

  • CappuccinoLife

    Oh, how beautiful!!

    Was there a kiss? One thing that surprised me about our wedding is that even though westernizing weddings is very popular, a lot of evangelical churches do not do "You may kiss the bride". It's considered improper. :O

  • JunkMale

    I could be mistaken, but I don't believe there was a kiss. I wasn't actually there, and there was a lot of footage that I skimmed through, so I very well could have missed it. But I would not be surprised at all if there were not a kiss in the ceremony.